COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes opened their 2013 fall camp season with a pair of practices at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center’s first-class practice facility: the Harmon Family Football Park. Second-year head coach Urban Meyer and his coaching staff worked with 35 freshmen (and a few inexperienced upperclassmen) at an 8:45 a.m. practice and then returned to the fields for a 3:05 p.m. practice with the veterans.
It was a glorious day for practice. At 2 p.m. it was a San Diego-like 74 degrees under hazy sunshine, some whispers of clouds and at times, Lake Superior-blue skies.
Some numbers: the 105-man roster at fall camp includes 17 offensive linemen, 16 defensive linemen, 14 receivers and 12 linebackers within the four largest position groups.
When the players arrived at the Woody this morning they had breakfast in the player’s lounge and then on the way to their locker room they walked by their new Gatorade Fuel Bar, which wasn’t completed when they left for their short break on Wednesday. The fuel bar features all stainless steel cabinets and appliances, an eight-stool seating area, five leather recliners, two rather large HD flat screen televisions and ample display and storage space for nutrition/energy bars and sports fuel drinks, shakes and thirst quenchers.
No. 2 Seed Ohio State Buckeyes (26-7) vs. the No. 15 Seed Iona Gaels (20-13)
Date: March 22, 2013
Site: Dayton Arena (13,409)
Game Time: 7:15 p.m. ET
Talent: Jim Nantz (play-by-play)
Clark Kellogg (expert analysis)
Tracy Wolfson (sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 93/XM 191
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)
Ohio State and The NCAA Tournament
This is Ohio State’s 25th appearances in the NCAA tournament. Overall, Ohio State has a 45-23 record all-time in NCAA tournament play. The Buckeyes have advanced to play in 10 Final Fours, have finished as the runner up four times (1939, 1961, 1962, 2007) and own one title (1960). Ohio State finished third four times (1944, 1945, 1946, 1968). The Buckeyes have played in three-consecutive NCAA “Sweet 16s,” a feat last accomplished at Ohio State from 1960-62. The Buckeyes have made 13 “Sweet 16” appearances in NCAA Tournament play.
The 2013 NCAA Tournament
The No. 2-seeded (West) Buckeyes enter the 2013 NCAA Tournament after winning the 2013 Big Ten Tournament in Chicago with a 3-0 record. Thad Matta, in his ninth year as head coach at Ohio State, has taken the Buckeyes to seven NCAA tournaments during his time in Columbus, including a title game appearance in 2007. The Buckeyes have appeared in the last five NCAA tournaments.
Ohio State enters the 2013 NCAA event with a 26-7 overall record and as 2013 Big Ten Tournament Champions. The Buckeyes finished the Big Ten regular season with a 13-5 record, good for a tie for second with Michigan State. Ohio State was the No. 2 seed in the league tournament last week. The Buckeyes have won 20 Big Ten titles and are making its 25th appearance in the NCAA tournament.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Deshaun Thomas, who missed part of the second half with a cut above his eye, scored 16 points and No. 14 Ohio State built a big lead and then held on to beat Iowa 72-63 on Tuesday night.
Thomas, the Big Ten’s leading scorer at 21 points per game, sat out about 3 minutes while an open cut over his right eye was bandaged.
The Buckeyes (14-4, 4-2 Big Ten) led by 24 points with under 13 minutes left but watched as Iowa cut the lead to four with 1:30 remaining.
Aaron White, an Ohio native playing his first college game in his home state, had 13 points for Iowa (13-6, 2-4).
Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. both had 12 points and Evan Ravenel added 11 for Ohio State.
The Buckeyes used a 10-0 run bridging halftime to build a 24-point lead. Iowa rallied to draw within five points on White’s bank shot with 2:30 left.
Ohio State missed a shot but rebounded it, before Craft was called for an offensive foul.
White then was fouled and hit the second of two to cut the lead to 63-59 with 1:30 remaining.
Craft added a foul shot with 1:02 left and, after forcing a turnover, Thomas made two more with 52.9 seconds remaining.
Roy Devyn Marble, who had a miserable shooting night for the Hawkeyes, then missed two free throws before Craft made two more to push the lead to 68-59 with 40 seconds left.
The victory finally broke a stalemate in the series, which began in 1915. Each team had won 75 meetings coming in. Ohio State has won eight straight against Iowa and 10 of the last 11. The Hawkeyes haven’t won in Columbus since 2004.
The Hawkeyes’ four Big Ten losses have come to teams ranked in the top 15 – No. 2 Michigan, No. 7 Indiana, No. 13 Michigan State and the 14th-ranked Buckeyes. Those teams came into the week with an overall combined record of 62-10 and 16-5 in the conference.
Ahead by 12 at halftime, Ohio State stepped up the pressure on defense in the opening minutes of the half.
Iowa turned the ball over on three of its first four possessions as Ohio State stretched a 6-0 run to end the half into a 10-0 streak as Craft and Thomas hit shots. That stretched the lead to 38-22.
The Buckeyes led by 24 points with 12:48 remaining before Iowa made it interesting by pressing full court, contesting every shot and making free throws.
Iowa, which had won its last two games, stayed within striking range despite shooting just 25 percent in the opening half.
The Buckeyes took the lead for good when LaQuinton Ross came in and hit a 3 and then a 12-foot jumper to go up 17-13. The lead hovered around five points for several minutes until Ohio State made a late surge.
With the Buckeyes ahead 28-22, Sam Thompson scored inside off an assist from Shannon Scott. At the other end, Ravenel blocked a shot by Basabe.
The Hawkeyes then collapsed in the waning seconds. Scott passed into the lane to Ravenel, who was fouled by Marble as he hit the basket. He missed the foul shot, but Smith leaped between two defenders to retrieve the ball and then bank it in for a 34-22 lead.
One reason Iowa was able to stay close was because of its hard work on the boards. The Hawkeyes grabbed 13 of the first 15 rebounds, including eight offensive boards. By halftime, Ohio State had narrowed the gap to 23-15 on the glass.
Craft set the school’s career mark for steals with 205 when he plucked the ball from White at the 14:25 mark with the Buckeyes leading 10-6. The junior came in sharing the record with Jay Burson (1986-89).
Iowa dropped to 1-3 on opposing teams’ home courts.
The victory followed a curious pattern for Ohio State. Over their last 10 games they have won, won, lost, won, won, lost, won, won, lost and now won. (Follow Rusty Miller on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/rustymillerap)
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Deshaun Thomas earned Big Ten co-Player of the Week honors Monday after leading the 15th-ranked Ohio State men’s basketball team to a pair of wins over Big Ten opponents, including No. 2 Michigan. He shares the conference accolade with Indiana’s Cody Zeller, who led the Hoosiers in beating Penn State and No. 8/10 Minnesota.
Thomas averaged 21 points in a road win against Purdue followed by a victory against previously unbeaten and second-ranked Michigan. The junior forward tallied 22 points, seven rebounds, two steals, a block and an assist against the Boilermakers. He then followed the performance up up by recording 20 points, four boards, an assist and a steal versus the nationally ranked Wolverines.
Thomas, a native of Fort Wayne, Ind., shot 51.6 percent from the field, including 50 percent from three-point range and is the Big Ten?s leading scorer. He earns his second Player of the Week award of the season and the third of his career.
The Buckeyes now are 13-3 on the season and 3-1 in the Big Ten heading into a 6 p.m. Saturday contest against Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich.
Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker rounded out the list of weekly honorees from the Big Ten Conference, earning Freshman of the Week honors.
? Saturday?s contest marked the 10th meeting all-time between Ohio State and Kansas. The Jayhawks hold a 7-3 advantage in the series and have won five games in a row.
? With the loss, OSU falls to 25-24 all-time against members of the Big 12 Conference.
? The game was the last on the current Value City arena court for Ohio State. A new court will be installed prior to the Dec. 29 contest vs. Chicago State.
? The loss snapped Ohio State?s 39-game non-conference winning streak at Value City Arena, the fifth longest in the nation. The last loss prior to Saturday?s contest was Dec. 27, 2008 vs. West Virginia.
? Saturday?s game was the first sellout of the season at Value City Arena. Ohio State owns a 57-16 record in sellouts at VCA. The Buckeyes are 20-9 all-time in sellouts vs. AP ranked teams at the arena and 10-4 vs. the AP Top 10.
? Ohio State shot a season-low 30.8 percent (20-65) for the game, 25 percent in the second half (9-36).
? The Buckeyes trailed at the half for the first time this season (37-35).
? Trailing 23-17 at the 10:10 mark of the first half, the Buckeyes used a 14-0 run over the next 3:59 to take a 31-23 lead. Kansas responded with a 14-4 run to close the half.
? Kansas shot 51 percent from the field (25-49), the first OSU opponent to shoot 50 percent or better against the Buckeyes this season.
? Ohio State scored 23 points off of 19 Kansas turnovers, a season high for the Jayhawks.
? The Buckeyes held a 25-8 advantage in bench points. The OSU bench has outscored opponents 256-138 this season.
? Ohio State owned a 26-18 advantage in second chance points.
? As a ranked team (AP), No. 7 Ohio State is 435-118 all-time. Ohio State is 314-69 when ranked in the Top 10.
? The Buckeyes have an all-time record of 147-233 vs. ranked opponents in the Associated Press Top 25. That includes a mark of 62-116 vs. Top 10 foes.
? In games when both teams enter with a Top 25 ranking, Ohio State is 67-59 all-time.